Your Local Theatre for Movies, Theatre and Stage, Satellite Broadcasts, Live Events and much more
Situated on Main Street in picturesque Picton, Ontario, the historic Regent Theatre is the centre for the arts in Prince Edward County, providing the community with a unique venue for live theatre and music. First run movies, art films presented by Cinefest, and an international satellite feed fine arts program (opera, dance, theatre) round out the offerings of The Regent, making it a diverse venue that truly reflects its community.
The Regent’s generous stage is one of the largest in Eastern Ontario. Above the stage is a 18.7 metre (62 foot) fly tower. Original dressing rooms below the stage include blackboards lining the walls where, in a former era, performers wrote their show’s running order.
In 1994, The Regent Theatre Foundation, a community based, not-for-profit organization, bought the theatre from the Cook family. Since that time, the Foundation Board and volunteers have toiled to restore the theatre as close to its original state as possible. In 1998 the stage was opened up, the fly tower was re-rigged and made operational and the theatre’s roof was replaced. Later installations and upgrades included new seating for 351, new fire doors, electronic alarm system, and electrical service. The building was brought into compliance with fire and safety regulations and received a designation as an historic building. Significant enhancements over the years have added features such as the lighted marquee, the magnificent Austrian crystal chandeliers that grace the lobby and air conditioning.
In January, 2011, the theatre underwent a major renovation, expanding the capacity to 446 seats. The washrooms and concessions were completely redone and a whole new 2nd floor loft space was created. Newer milestones include the 2011 acquisition of a new Christie Digital Projector and a 2013 Parrot Foundation grant to restore the façade to its 1920’s glory.